Iwase Yoshiyuki

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    Iwase Yoshiyuki was born in 1904 in Onjuku, a fishing village on the pacific side of the Chiba peninsula, which encloses Tokyo Bay on the east. After graduating from Meiji University Law School in 1924, he took up lifelong pursuits, heading the family sake distillery and documenting the receding traditions of coastal Japan.

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    Since the main livelihood of the town came from the sea he gravitated there, and soon found a passion for “the simple, even primitive beauty” of ama – girls and women who harvested seaweed, turban shells, oysters (which sometimes had pearls) and abalone from beneath the coastal waters.

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    When Yoshiyuki began shooting in the late 1920s, there were several hundred ama divers active in the seven harbours of the Iwawada coast. By the late 1960′s this 2000 year old way of life had disappeared. Yoshiyuki’s images are the most comprehensive document of ama divers ever produced and a stunning visual testament to these fascinating iconic women.

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    …………. :)

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    ……….. :)

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    ………… :)

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    …………. :)

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    ………… :)

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    Fascinating! Who would have thought you could learn about history at Asian Sirens? ;) Great photography too, and I must say I find the casual naturalness of it quite erotic.

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    That is interesting, great that it’s been captured for posterity.

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